On a day with minimal goals again, things are still taking shape as we now move into February. After Anderlecht’s draw on Friday night, those around them knew exactly what they had to do to pull away or gain ground over them.
The day started in Bruges as 2 of the top 4 met at the Jan Breydel Stadion where the reigning champions hosted a buoyant Sporting Charleroi, who were coming off the back of 6 points out of 6 in a tough patch of fixtures.
In a drab first half, it looked as if 1 goal was going to do for one of these teams, and funnily enough, that’s all it took as the host grabbed the points just after the midway point in the second half. Even the finish wasn’t vintage, as Jelle Vossen was put in by Wesley, and as the ball was going wider in the 18 yard box, he struck the ball in at the near post. Poor goalkeeping by Nicolas Penneteau basically cost the result in the end but I’m sure Charleroi will bounce back.
After Brugge completed what they needed to do, the spotlight was placed on Regenboog Stadion as Zulte Waregem had a second tough home fixture of the day as Gent came to town.
Another goalless first half, the second kicked into gear late on as new Gent signing Yuya Kubo stroked a clear penalty home, making that two goals in two for the Japanese. And with time running out, Zulte grabbed a point from a corner. After some initial hesitation with the ball in the box, first half substitute Henrik Dalsgaard took charge to lash the ball home to sneak a point.
Those chasing the reigning champions seem to be feeling the pressure judging by their past 2 results, and although Club Brugge lost last week, they’re still better off for it.
The last offerings of the weekend was the late kick off between Westerlo and St Truiden. Hardly a glamour tie but so much to play for. After a cagey 1st half, and another goalless one at that, the match was finely poised until that clinical moment where Elton Acolatse sealed the victory and helped Westerlo overtake Eupen and climb just that bit further away from the bottom.
In brief, Club Brugge and Westerlo had fine weekends along with Beveren whereas Eupen’s current form is dragging more towards the bottom of the table…
Until next time